Simon and Me: A Gay Coming-of-Age Love Story by Maxwell Carlsen

Fifteen-year-old Jayden knows for certain that he’s gay.

Simon and me: a gay coming-of-age love story

Fifteen-year-old Jayden knows for certain that he’s gay. Ever since moving to upstate New York, he has had a major crush on Simon, a handsome, dark-haired, blue-eyed boy who lives right next door. What happens when Jayden hosts a sleepover in his secluded backyard tree house?

Maxwell Carlsen is an author of gay coming-of-age love stories. Maxwell lives in the southwestern United States. 

Genre: FICTION / Coming of Age

Secondary Genre: FICTION / Gay

Language: English

Keywords: gay fiction, gay boy fiction, gay boys, coming out, gay teens

Word Count: 6589

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It is too early to tell about sales in English. It has been a few days since it was published and I have several sales already.

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Simonand Me: A Gay Coming-of-Age Love Story


Maxwell Carlsen


Copyright 2019 Maxwell Carlsen


Cover Photograph Credit: Dmitry Naumov/






June 1986


I'd tried last night. I'd tried the day before that. But, I couldn't. I just couldn't do it. You know, masturbate—to women. I was gay. I was officially giving up any hope of being bisexual. I tried to do it while thinking about a babe I used to know, but all I could do was fantasize about being naked with Simon, my new friend and neighbor. And . . . Pete, the boy who was my neighbor on the other side of my house. At least, if I were bisexual, I could marry a woman. Now, I'd never be able to get married. I couldn't even come out; if I did, I’d be ostracized. Gay people weren’t liked. I wasn't even sure whether my own family would accept my sexuality.

I'd moved to a small town in upstate New York two weeks ago, from Arizona. My buddies and I were fifteen; we'd be sophomores in the fall. Now, it was summer.

Simon didn't know about my sexuality—nor did anyone else, for that matter. He was so cute. Very cute. And he had a nice body and smile. I loved his fun personality. I was in love. Simon was my first true love. I'd had a crush on a boy, Vinnie, in Arizona, but it had been minor compared to the love I felt for Simon. I wanted to be his lover.

“I’m going to Simon’s house. Okay?” I asked Mom.

“Okay. Be back for dinner.”

I darted out the kitchen door.

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